Whether you’re married, dating long term, or planning a first date, it can be tough to find something new and adventurous without breaking the bank. It’s easy to fall into the rut of doing the same thing for every date night, but it doesn’t have to be that way! We’ve compiled a list of date ideas that will add a little more excitement to your romantic life without adding the dollar signs.
Try a new workout. Many gyms offer free or discounted rates for your first session so you can try it out without commitment. This can be a great way to cheer each other on and add a little more fun to your relationship. Plus, you might find your new favorite activity together.
Go for a hike. Depending on where you live and how far you’re willing to travel, find a hiking spot with plenty of scenic, romantic views, as well as a long trail that will give you hours of fun on your date. Or opt for the shorter hikes and bring a picnic or some snacks with you -- maybe even a bottle of wine! There are plenty of options for whatever kind of hike you’re feeling, and price typically just comes from any parking fees there may be, plus whatever snacks and gear you need to stock up on.
Have a game night. Everyone loves games, and playing against your loved one can add in a little competition and a whole lot of fun. If you have different game preferences, have each of you pick out one game to play so you’ll have plenty of fun all night.
Build something together. Break away from the household to-do list and find something fun and unique that you can build together. Whether it’s a coffee table, some shelving, a bookcase, or something as small as a picture frame, completing a project together is a great way to work together and have fun while doing something different. The price depends on the supplies you need, but you can find plenty of awesome DIY projects to fit your budget, your style, and your skill level.
Go for a bike ride. If you live in or near a big city, it’s becoming easier and easier to find bike-friendly trails as well as rental bikes that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Just do some quick research to find the best place to rent from (if you have your own bikes already, you’re halfway there!), and the best place to ride. Plan a stop or two along the way at a nice coffee shop or restaurant, or pack some sandwiches and drinks so you can turn your breaks into romantic picnics. This can be a totally free date idea if you have everything already, but price can vary based on your individual needs.
Search out good deals. Cheap date nights don’t have to feel cheap. If you have a good eye for deals, you can find opportunities to have those date nights you always thought were way too expensive. Keep an eye on Groupon as well as local social media profiles to stay on top of the latest deals and specials.
Play a sport together. If one of you (or both!) is good at a particular sport, this can be a great chance to teach the other and make this a hobby for the two of you. It’s even better if that sport is something like baseball or soccer where it’s a little easier to practice different drills and techniques with only two people. Turn it into a park day and spend the whole day outside, trying new things and learning new skills. What’s better than that?
Go kayaking. If you don’t have your own kayak(s), you can still have fun! If you live near any body of water, you’ll likely be able to find a spot that rents kayaks to you for a very reasonable price. They’ll often even transport you and the kayaks to the put-in and back, so transportation is one less thing you need to worry about. Kayaking (or canoeing, white water rafting, tubing, etc.) can be a great way to relax while taking in the breathtaking views of the water and nature around you.
Have any other cheap date ideas? We’d love to hear them (and others would, too!). Tag us in your pictures from your unique (but inexpensive) dates on social media.